By faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.
We all know the story of Noah's ark. Warned by God Noah constructs an ark to escape the flood waters of God's judgement. But Noah was not only a boat builder. He was a prophet. He warned the people for years that God's judgement was coming and if they did not prepare, there would be chaos.
The “Fire Next Time,” written by James Baldwin is widely recognized as one of the greatest commentaries on race and religion in America. Baldwin's premise was that if Christianity was too shallow to capture and address the depth of the race problem in America and the passion and anger brewing among young black people that the fight for justice would not be water..... but the fire next time
Baldwin, like Noah was a prophet, warning of impeding disaster if Christians do not have more depth to our religion. In today's climate it has become undeniable that racism is still prevalent in the United States. If Christ and the cross doesn't speak to racism, poverty, mass incarceration, abuse, segregation, and violence, what good is it. When we exam the ministry of Jesus without Western, colonized glasses, it is very evident that Jesus' focus and attention was on the marginalized. Many Christians may not speak to these issues but our Christ certainly does.
Like Noah we have a duty by God to warn. Our charge is to warn of the unhealthy, toxic nature of racial hate and injustice. Our charge is to make real, relevant, and evident the ministry of Christ in our context. Our children are restless and our nation is at a boiling point. Now it's up to us as Christians to leave a better world for our children. If we don't it won't be water, but the fire next time.
Lord create in us a prophetic passion to understand and communicate your gospel as real and relevant. Lord heal our nation. Heal our land. Lord I pray for all those who are so scarred by life they feel it necessary to hate. Lord heal them, change their hearts. I pray the nation recognizes its complicity in injustice. I pray for the hurt, the broken, and the destitute. Lord lift them up. Forgive all of us of our sin. In Jesus name.
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